Refining finishes

I have been refining my color embellishment techniques combining water based aniline dyes and finishing with multiple coats of tung oil finish. The later layers (4th or later) are wet sanded. Once the oil is dry I polish with Renaissance Wax

Hunger Moon

A turned wood sculpture representing the theme "hunger Moon". A red hemisphere (sun) supports a dark green/blue sphere (earth) which in turn penetrates an 18" turned disc that is carved and decorated with a spiral design representing the top of a saguaro cactus. in the center of the disc is a hand cradling the cold dry polar region

“Hunger Moon, 18′ diameter, 8″ height” is the ninth sculpture in my Moon series, celebrating the names given to the full moons by indigenous peoples of North America.

Hunger Moon is associated with February’s full Moon. At that time of the year, hunting and gathering would have been severely limited due to the cold and snow.

My interpretation shows an outstretched hand cradling the northern polar area of the earth as it pierces a basket illusion representing the top of a saguaro cactus.

This piece will have its inaugural reveal Friday March 11 at the Tubac Open Studio Tour. I will be located with 5 other artists at 2364 Camino Esplendido, Tubac, AZ.


The good news: My Dark Sky sculpture “Hunter Moon” has been juried into the Fall 2020 Tubac Center of the Arts Members’show. The show opens on November 20, 2020. The opening reception will be on Facebook live and the gallery is open for visits. (

“Hunter Moon” was the first in a planned series of 12 sculptures to celebrate the Dark Sky. Each piece features a red moon, a representation of Virgo, my birth sign, the sun and the Earth. The titles are embellished with personal perspectives that challenge my often restless nights. “Hunter Moon” explores the trade offs that we make when we try to restore our exhausted natural biological rhythms.

My series ground to a halt and with it my creative energy for things 3D when Covid forced the closure of the community woodworking shop, where I work.

In September the woodshop reopened, and with it my creative energy for sculpture. My work hours are limited due to “an abundance of caution” but the 6th sculpture in the series “Thunder Moon” is on its way. It’s a piece has been rumbling around in my subconscious since the early summer when the promise of the Monsoon dangled expectantly. Well it never came. The heat and dryness have been relentless, punctuated with weeks of overcast smoke filled skies. The sunsets however were magnificent!. “Thunder Moon” represents my longing for the violent psychedelic storms that punctuate the normal summer months… “Thunder Moon – I as Virgo, want to dance in the light to the rhythm of your beat”.